• Old friend breathes new life into old story

    It stills feels like I am dreaming. A few days ago a woman left me a message on my website saying she was in search of Donetta Bradford who lived in Oklahoma. “She was friends with my daughter, Tiffany,” she wrote. A wave of emotion …

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  • Local film festival doubles as ‘economic engine’

    The Ozark Foothills FilmFest is celebrating its 12th anniversary April 3-7 with the showing of more than 30 films offering, as usual, a wide variety of choices. Two really catch my eye, although I am not a movie buff, with both of those having a …

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  • Objects of my affection

    Do you ever wonder what your stuff says about you? After reading the book “The Things That Matter” by Nate Berkus I started thinking about all those objects we place such importance on and what things, if time permitted, I would rescue from a burning …

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  • Newspapers are the future

    As a teaching tool newspapers are as important as any textbook or website used in school. But call me biased. Just as coffee with dessert after dinner was common with friends coming over to visit my parents when I was a youngster, so was the …

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  • ‘Treasure’ found at Calico Rock Museum

    “During construction at the Calico Rock Museum today, we discovered a treasure. No, it wasn’t a pot of gold or old bank notes worth a fortune, unfortunately. When disassembling the stairs, we discovered a handwritten note on one of the stair stringers — the board …

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  • I’m not crazy — I’m on the phone

    A few months ago, many of the functions of my cell phone quit working and I was forced to get a new one. I like the new one but I hate having to figure everything out again and I kept accidentally hanging up on people …

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  • In search of the silver lining

    The best thing about getting older is maybe getting a wee bit wiser. If nothing else many of us who have managed to survive to mid-life have an appreciation for each day even if it doesn’t turn out the best and we are faced with …

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  • Ideas from the Flower and Garden Show

    It was another great year at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, held last weekend in Little Rock. As usual, I was accompanied on my work trip by Mary Jo Shivey and a few other friends who met us there. The show always has tons …

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  • Getting older, bruises stick around

    Suddenly I was in elementary school on the playground again, the only difference being I’m 29 and not in school and this wasn’t the playground but a concrete driveway and a near two-foot-tall wall/step at night in Newport. I can’t count the many times I …

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  • A dream I didn’t know I wanted

    For Valentine’s Day I got probably the best gift I have ever received and it was from my oldest daughter Shay — my very own website, donettasterling.com. She told me about a week prior she had a surprise for me but I had actually forgotten …

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  • Trashy yard sale photos are a real turnoff

    After watching the classified section of the paper recently for a couple of items I was looking to buy, someone suggested that I might find them at an “online yard sale” on Facebook. Being a Facebook member, but unfamiliar with the concept I checked it …

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  • Flexible cell phones, laptops

    On Jan. 9 at the 2013 Consumer Products Show in Las Vegas, Samsung unveiled its prototype for a new flexible phone that when it makes it into production they claim will bend, twist and even rollup without any harm to the phone. Research shows the …

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